Belonging – noun: to feel safe, happy or comfortable in a place, situation or group because you are welcome and accepted.

Belonging noun: a possession.

From 9-11 October, M&G QLD’s 2024 Conference will explore what it means to belong in all its many facets. We will examine how museums and galleries are embracing inclusivity and working with artists, collections, industry leaders and communities to drive positive change into areas of accessibility, diversity and equity. We will also unpack the real or perceived disparities that exist in society and how we, as a sector, can work smarter to overcome these and be truly inclusive and equitable cultural spaces that enrich, shape and benefit our communities.

M&G QLD’s 2024 conference is designed to share professional experience and innovative ideas, enhance knowledge and build industry networks.

Delegates will be inspired by the stimulating program of high-calibre keynote speakers, plenary sessions, workshops and master classes, and be able to take away actionable ideas to apply to their organisations.


Registration is now open!

Register here

Keynote Speakers

(more to be announced)

Regan Pro, Deputy Director of Public Programs and Social Impact at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, USA (pictured bottom left)

Associate Professor Janice Rieger Head of Architecture, Planning and Design at Griffith University (pictured bottom centre)

Hugh O’ConnorSenior Exhibition Designer at Powerhouse Museum, NSW (pictured bottom right)

Dr Jim Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Museum Network

Simon Elliot, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Dr Bianca Beetson, Director First Nations, Queensland Museum (pictured top left, photo by Chloë Callistemon, courtesy of QAGOMA)

Dr Moya McFadzean, Senior Curator Migration & Cultural Diversity at Museums Victoria (pictured top centre, photo courtesy of AMaGA)

Morwenna Collette, Director, Morwenna Collette Consulting (pictured top right, photo by Julia Loersch)

Sari Rossi, Researcher, A New Approach

Getting to Toowoomba

For information on how to get to Toowoomba by car, bus, train or plane, see the Visit Toowoomba Region’s website for details.

Visit Toowoomba Region


Below is a list of accomodation options located centrally to the Empire Theatre.

The Burke & Wills Hotel and Toowoomba Central Plaza Hotel have kindly provided discount codes for Conference attendees – see below for details.

Burke & Wills Hotel (300m from Empire Theatre)

Discount Code: MUSGAL24 – or alternatively a booking link that pre-populates the code can be accessed here https://au01.iqwebbook.com/BWHTOO998/~/?coupon=MUSGAL24&arrivalDate=Wed,%20Oct%209%202024&departureDate=Fri,%20Oct%2011%202024

Website: https://burkeandwillshotel.com.au/accommodation/

Phone: +61 (07) 4632 2433

Email: [email protected]

Address: 554 Ruthven St, Toowoomba

Toowoomba Central Plaza Hotel (280m from Empire Theatre)

Discount Code: M&G QLD

Website: https://www.toowoombacentralplaza.com.au/

Phone: +61 (07) 4688 3333

Address: 532-544 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba

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Sponsor Invitation

Museums & Galleries Queensland invites businesses and organisations to support our 2024 Conference, Belonging, by becoming a sponsor. A range of sponsorship opportunities are available – to find out more, download the 2024 Sponsorship Prospectus or contact M&G QLD on p: 07 3059 9740.

Don’t miss this chance to build your brand awareness and connect with Queensland’s dynamic public museum and gallery network!

Click here to download M&G QLD’s 2024 Sponsorship Prospectus

Click here to submit a Sponsorship form


The 2024 M&G QLD Conference could not happen without the generous support of our sponsors and funding partners. Thank you to the following supporters:

Principal sponsor

IAS Fine Art Logistics logo

International keynote supporter

Skills development supporter

This activity is supported by the Community Heritage Grants program. The Community Heritage Grants program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the National Museum of Australia.

Trade Sponsor

Conference Program Sponsor

Coffee Cart Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor


Training & Professional Development

Museums & Galleries Queensland

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